Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) and Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) are both large-cap construction materials – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. and Martin Marietta Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%
Martin Marietta Materials 11.03% 10.39% 5.84%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. and Martin Marietta Materials’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. $13.40 billion 0.86 $752.16 million $0.57 13.77
Martin Marietta Materials $3.82 billion 3.42 $425.38 million $6.86 30.28

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Martin Marietta Materials. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Martin Marietta Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.0% of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. and Martin Marietta Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. 0 3 4 1 2.75
Martin Marietta Materials 0 3 5 0 2.63

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. presently has a consensus target price of $10.46, indicating a potential upside of 33.28%. Martin Marietta Materials has a consensus target price of $242.43, indicating a potential upside of 16.71%. Given Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. is more favorable than Martin Marietta Materials.

Dividends

Martin Marietta Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. does not pay a dividend. Martin Marietta Materials pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Martin Marietta Materials has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Martin Marietta Materials beats Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

About Martin Marietta Materials

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. is a supplier of aggregates products (crushed stone, sand, and gravel) used for the construction of infrastructure, nonresidential, and residential projects. Aggregates products are also used for railroad ballast and in agricultural, utility and environmental applications. The Company’s Aggregates business operates through three segments: the Mid-America Group, Southeast Group and West Group. The Company’s business is categorized into Aggregates Business, Cement Business and Magnesia Specialties Business. Its Cement business is reported through the Cement segment. Its Magnesia Specialties business manufactures and markets magnesia-based chemical products used in industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications, and dolomitic lime sold to customers in the steel industry. Its Cement business produces Portland and specialty cements. It manufactures and markets, through its Magnesia Specialties business, magnesia-based chemical products.

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